RV also advises that the COVID-19 adjusted riding weight scales will continue until 31 December 2020, with a view to reverting to normal scales in the new year. This date will remain the subject of an ongoing review.
Effective from 11.59pm (AEDT) on Sunday, 15 November 2020, the following changes to the trainer and stable staff protocols will take effect:
Resumption of Official Trials
Official Trials have been approved to resume on a restricted basis, commencing at Tatura on Monday, 23 November 2020.
In order to limit the number of horses and maintain COVID-19 distancing requirements, Official Trials will initially be limited to specified classes of horses (2YOs, 3YOs, unraced horses of any age and horses embargoed pending certification) with a maximum of 12 horses per trainer.
A new Official Trials schedule will be released by RV in the next fortnight with two sets of Official Trials to be programmed on average each month in the initial phase.
Protocols restricting jump-outs at a venue to locally trained horses only are the subject of ongoing review and remain unchanged until otherwise advised.
Quotes attributable to RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson
“It’s pleasing that we have reached a position where we can start to ease some of our biosecurity protocols and in doing so I would like to recognise all the hard work of everyone across the industry that has allowed for the continuation of Victorian racing right throughout the pandemic.
“I would also like to especially thank our Racing Clubs, who have helped implement and manage the protocols on raceday and our jockeys, in particular the members of the Green Team, who have made significant sacrifices throughout 2020 to provide the industry with options in the advent of a case or cluster.
“While it is terrific that we can ease some protocols, I want to implore everyone to avoid complacency. If you or someone you live with are unwell, please stay home, let us know and get yourself tested. In addition, you must continue to wear face masks as required and ensure that you maintain appropriate social distancing.
“Moving forward, we’ll continue to review all of our biosecurity protocols on a weekly basis both to determine what is necessary to ensure the safe continuation of racing and to consider any changes announced by State Governments, in particular around border closures and interstate travel.”